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“I Learned A Lot About The Car And I Had Another Fantastic Start!” – Team HARD’S Ben Wallace Takes The Positives From A Challenging Weekend. (29.05.18)

Photo: Ian Cutting

Ben Wallace, driver of the #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 with teammate Joshua Jackson, got the best they possibly could from Rounds Four and Five of the 2018 British GT Championship, held at Snetterton, Norfolk over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Consisting of two one-hour sprint races around the 4.82km Snetterton 300 circuit, Jackson and Wallace qualified the #88 entry in eleventh place in the GT4 Silver class for both races. A pair of ninth place finishes means that the young duo added an additional four points each to their tally in the GT4 Silver Drivers standings.

Southport-based Ben Wallace is now in twelfth place in the standings, just 3.5 points off of breaking in to the top ten.
Recent success for Ginetta G55 GT4 in the GT4 European Series encouraged the series organisers to apply performance-balancing to the car, meaning that it became very difficult for either of the Team HARD Ginettas to compete for podium honours in the glorious Norfolk sunshine.

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Despite the disappointment, Ben Wallace was determined to find the find the positives which he can take to the next round.

“I learned a lot about the car because, in extreme cases like this, you learn more about the car when it is difficult to drive than you do in easier circumstances,” said Wallace. “It helped me gain a lot more confidence in the car.”

“I had two off-track moments from which I recovered and it taught me more about the car than I would have normally learned,” continued Ben Wallace. “Again I showed I can make a fantastic start and made up a number of positions. I was driving the car on the absolute limit and beyond! I was pushing and pushing and the team was great in letting me know how far the next car was in front.”

The British GT Championship now moves to the Silverstone GP circuit on June 9-10, a venue that Ben Wallace has some experience of.

“I’ve raced on the National circuit in the Ginetta Juniors but this will be my first time on the Grand Prix circuit,” said Ben Wallace. “Assuming that the Balance of Performance issues are addressed, and I’m sure they will be, I am confident that we can show the true pace of the Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 over the three-hour race. I’ll be spending a lot of time preparing for the weekend in the simulator and I can’t wait to convert all our hard work into results on-track!”

British GT Championship GT4 Entry For Equipe Verschuur And McLaren 570S (28.02.18)

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Nijmegen, Holland-based Equipe Verschuur has announced that it will enter the 2018 British GT Championship with its McLaren 570S GT4 to be driven by Finlay Hutchison and Dan McKay.

The Dutch team joins Balfe Motorsport on the 2018 GT4 grid with a McLaren 570s, Shaun Balfe’s team having taken over the running of the Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson’s entry.

18 year-old Finlay Hutchison, who contested four rounds of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup with Equipe Verschuur in 2017, and who is entered for a second season in the McLaren 570S, is excited about his first full UK championship season.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in the UK as well as Europe this year.” said Hutchison. “It’s a great opportunity to be doing a double programme with all of the extra seat time it will give me. Dan has some good experience so it will be great to work with him. I’m sure we’ll be a strong pairing and we know Equipe Verschuur will deliver a competitive car.”

Dan McKay is equally positive about the prospect of racing with Hutchison and Equipe Verschuur, having already gained experience in the McLaren 570S GT4 in 2017 when he drove in the In2Racing entry at Brands Hatch alongside Will Goff.

“I can’t wait to get going with Finlay and Equipe Verschuur for this year’s racing,” said McKay. “I had a chance to sample a McLaren 570S GT4 last year and liked the overall feel of the car and could feel there was more potential; in there. With Finlay and Equipe Verschuur I feel we’ll be able to extract all of that to race right at the front of the increasingly competitive British GT4 Championship.”

The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.